John P O'Grady
Creative Writing and Literary Arts
As an undergraduate he studied forestry, believing that this was a chance to dwell in deep groves and sequestered places, but when he realized resource management is not an appropriate practice for one who delights less in the chainsaw than in the standing oak, he moved on to pursue graduate studies in English. For a number years he served as a professor of literature and environmental studies. He has lived in California, Montana, Idaho, Pennsylvania, and Alaska.
| ||Literature and the Environment: A Reader on Nature and Culture|
Exploring our relationship to nature and the role literature can play in shaping a culture responsive to environmental realities, this thematic, multi-genre anthology includes early writers such as John Muir, Henry David Thoreau, and Mary Austin, alongside contemporary voices such as Gary Snyder and Terry Tempest Williams.
| ||Grave Goods|
Just because this is a collection of essays about psychics, murderers, strange disappearances, and occult phenomena doesn't mean it isn't funny. With wit, wry curiosity, and redemptive irony John P O'Grady peels back the surface of the seemingly normal to reveal the dubious, the inexplicable, the outlandish.
| ||Pilgrims to the Wild|
Ranging in its treatment from Thoreau's important but neglected essay, 'Walking,' to the exuberant letters of the young artist Everett Ruess, this is a broadly based exploration that brings to bear Eastern and Western classical philosophy, as well as contemporary critical theory, on a distinctive tradition of American Writing-those works concerned with the human relationship to the non-human world.